South Africa made a good show at the inaugural Drinks Business Green Awards 2010 in London this week. The Drinks Business website tells us that the awards “aim to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and recognise and reward those who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance” and South Africa did very well indeed.
A basin made from recycled car tyres. It won an award from Architect Magazine. “The rubber from the tires is melted down and cleansed of debris, and the tiny inherent metal fibers that give a tire its road resistance are then formed into a sheet. This sheet is stretched over a base frame–made of wood, metal, or any other material out of which bathroom furniture can be fashioned–and anchored down by the drain collar. This creates a shallow-sloped surface for water to be siphoned away, but not a clunky profile … ”
Apparently Jan van Riebeeck planted the first two cultivated olive trees at the Cape on his farm Boschheuvel in 1661. Then In 1907 a farmer from Paarl received a gold medal for the ‘finest olive oil produced in the British Empire’ at the London Show. I discovered this at a lovely website called Olives Go Wild.
There are a number of producers in the Western Cape – one of whom took top honours in an international competition in 2009. The following quote from an article on the site MediaClubSouthAfrica.com by Janine Erasmus sums it up:
“South African olive oil producer Willow Creek Olive Estate has taken top honours in the prestigious L’Orciolo d’Oro olive oil competition in Gradara, Italy – the world’s second biggest producer of olive oil. The competition took place at the end of June 2009. Willow Creek’s flagship Directors’ Reserve extra virgin olive oil won the intensely fruity category at this year’s competition, edging out the second- and third-placed Spanish oils that were its closest rivals.”